The opening stage is set – and for the first time in the league’s 39 years of history, three cities will host the Philippine Basketball Association’s opening games. These three major cities representing the major islands in the archipelago namely: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Six teams will slug it out on the same day: two from Manila, and the other four will be away from the country capital.
The PBA will resume from a brief hiatus this coming Sunday, November 17; and this time around, it will be the formal launching of the PLDT-my DSL Philippine Cup on the league’s 39th season. It will be around 2 PM on the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. The league’s board chairman Mon Segismundo will be expected to grace the event with this season’s theme “One PBA, One Philippines.”
And after the inaugural ceremonies, the Manila Classico showdown between the league’s crowd-favourite teams will follow. The always-people’s darling Barangay Ginebra San Miguel will banner its newly acquired giant Greg Slaughter as they face the recent-winners of the Governor’s Cup San Mig Coffee Mixers at 3 PM on the Big Dome. The coffee mixers also had a newbie in Ian Sanggalang, the player that was drafted behind Slaughter.
While on the queen city of the south, it will be a standoff between the sister teams Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters and the Meralco Bolts. Talk ‘N Text was on the verge of defending their championship in this conference for the third time. The second opener will be live from the Cebu Coliseum by 3 PM.
On 5:15 PM, the Asia’s first premier pay-for-play basketball league will shift to Davao as the Commissioner’s Cup champion Alaska Aces will battle the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on the USEP gym.
Meanwhile, the games in Cebu and Davao will push through despite the areas being hit by the calamites. The league’s commissioner told the press during its press conference Wednesday at the Shangrila-Mall that it will be “all systems go” and “there’s no turning back.”
Cebu was one of the areas who was struck by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake last October and also the super typhoon Haiyan (or locally known as “Yolanda”) a week ago. On the other hand, Davao was one of the affected areas brought by typhoon Zoraida.
The TV coverage for this season will be TV5. They will air the Manila Classico showdown and the Davao game live starting 3PM. The battle between TNT and Meralco in Cebu will air on its sister station AksyonTV by 3PM live, with encore telecast by 10:30 PM on TV5.